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BWI's fare for public information: $8,500

A labor union seeking information from Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport under Maryland's Public Information Act has been handed an $8,500 bill for the data — an amount it calls "outrageous" and prohibitive."

UniteHere, a union seeking to organize workers at BWI businesses, put in a request Feb. 1 for information on the relationship between the Maryland Aviation Administration's management and AirMall USA, the company that holds a lucrative contract to manage the retail and restaurant concessions at the airport.

The request sought a broad array of records, including paper copies and public records requests the agency might have...